great hike,elevation drop and gain behind big dam,nice trail!!

Great winter hike. Lots of beautiful views especially with the bare trees. Not constantly flat (but very small inclines) and different terrain. The wind made the reservoir look like the sea. The longest dam is very impressive given its height. Neat visitor center.

Great trail, easy to follow around the water, different terrain, great views.

Great 1st day of 2019 hike. Fresh air!! Crowded but that’s expected on New Years!

Easy trail, well-maintained, and the sights are gorgeous. Bring binoculars, the bird-watching is superb, and the reservoir is home to a pair of nesting Bald Eagles. Went early on a warm, sunny Saturday and the trail was nearly empty. Loved walking across the dams, great views.

2 months ago

Something for everyone, except strenousness. Very pleasant trail. Only comment is black trail markings could have been a bit more pronounced.

Easy walk - Great views

Easy walk in the woods. Great Lake views. Pretty flat.

Gorgeous views of the lake and forest. And saw a newborn deer! Nice moderate hike.

8 months ago

my home trail, has a little bit of everything, side trails and backwoods trails are usually peopleless;)

This was a great morning hike! Started off around 8:30-9am and didn't see anyone but some people fishing on their boats. At the end of my hike there was a bigger crowd (11:30-12). It was my first time at Merrill Creek and I'll definitely be back. Mostly flat hike, but occasional inclines. Trails ran along the creek and around the reservoir. One section about 3/4 of the way through allowed for a good lookout point. It was high above the trees and you could see some mountains off in the distance. Overall, good hike and a lot more trails to explore there than I originally anticipated! Good for hiking, kayaking, and fishing.

This is my annual "first hike of the season" trail. Not at all hard, super easy and just gets you ready for the hiking season ahead!

Very easy, the kids loved.

beautiful and simple trail. nice loop for running.

Multiple parking spots - Trail is well maintained - Beautiful views - Reasonable distance (5.3 mile loop and also 6.5 mile loop available) - quiet and low traffic most of the time

I like to use this trail for running. it's definitely not moderate it's easy (mostly flat wide and open, very few rocky areas). The trail is very easy to follow except for the end to the right of the visitors center if you are facing the reservoir. there are several different colored trails that wind in/around that area. Black is the perimeter trail so that's what you should be following for this hike.

Absolutely beautiful trail!

There was a lot of bugs it was overgrown and there were tree's blocking some paths the paths are super small too!

This is a great trail except most of the plants are overgrown I got caught in a bush. Certain paths have Trees in the way! Other than that it was a great experience. Good views to! Also watch out for ticks!

This is a fantastic hike for someone looking for a pretty easy well-defined loop trail. Plenty of access to water throughout too, which was great for our dogs. Takes about 2 hours to get the whole way around.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nice hike. Looks even better for hunting & fishing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

love MC, always a great day hike.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Love this trail, love Merrill Creek. Easy walk, great scenery.

trail running
Friday, October 28, 2016

Great views all around. Not a difficult path so I run most of it. Great for pets and kids. You can fish, bring kayaks. There's benches and spots for picnics. No bikes unfortunately.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peaceful. Easy hike. The 2 miles around I did was flat for the most part. Great for walking, speed walking and jogging and walking a dog or something. I got to walk some of the trails past the 2 mile mark and it seemed a little more rugged. If I decide to hike the entire perimeter, I will definitely be wearing hiking boots. Sneakers did fine today.

5.3 to 6 mile hike with enough elevation to make you feel like you did something. Great hike for a family and our dog loved the occasional ability to drink from the reservoir. Kids 8 and up will enjoy.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Beautiful area! Great hike!

Beautiful views

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

My family and I did the whole loop a year ago. Very nice view.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Very nice place. Great for kids and dogs, several different trails let you pick the difficulty. You'll see wildlife at nearly every season and the views are lovely.

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